Christopher Paxton KC acted in the defence of 82-year-old retired civil engineer Martin Rudin who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter( by reason of diminished responsibility) of his 75-year-old wife Gabriella Rudin on New Year’s Eve 2022.
Mrs Rudin had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and ill health and had expressed a clear wish to die. Three psychiatrists were instructed by the defence and Crown and each concluded that Martin Rudin suffered from an abnormality of mental functioning due to a depressive disorder. Evidence suggested Mr Rudin was suffering from a depressive episode when he killed his wife and Mr Rudin saw it as an “act of mercy”.
In those circumstances, and after careful consideration the Crown accepted the plea to manslaughter and did not proceed to trial on the charge of murder. After further reports were obtained sentencing took place at the Old Bailey, where Mr Rudin was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence with a number of requirements.
Christopher was instructed by Mark Shelley and Charlotte Wilson-Holliday, Shelley Solicitors, Cambridge.
Christopher Paxton KC has appeared in many cases of Murder, Manslaughter and Serious Violence, appearing for both defence and prosecution. Many of the homicide cases have involved complex areas of pharmacology, psychopharmacology and psychiatry. Please see: [Christopher Paxton KC Profile ]
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